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ERIC Number: EJ788697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
Response to Reidun Tangen: Insiders and Relational Problems
Kvernbekk, Tone
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v23 n2 p169-170 May 2008
The uses of insider epistemology are many. In Reidun Tangen's thought-provoking paper it is seen as a tentative foundation for educational research involving listening to children's voices. The author argues elsewhere that insider epistemology, from a philosophical viewpoint, is full of paradoxes, inconsistencies and unsolved problems. Its suitability and potential to serve as a foundation is therefore an open question. In addition to insider epistemology, the foundation for listening to voices also consists of a relational conception of the subject. The author makes a few general points about insider epistemology, then briefly problematises the compatibility of the two parts of Tangen's proposed research foundation. The author looks forward to "part two" of this project: the methodology. How is the foundation going to be played out in methodological considerations? Or in the representation of children's experience? The problem of the relationship between a methodology or a theory and their foundations is a general one. It is not very clear what such foundations are to do. It is often not easy to see how a body of knowledge relates to its alleged foundation; their respective portrayals are often independent of each other. Finally, it is often not even clear that there is one foundation. Logicians have always obtained much mileage out of the fact that different, mutually incompatible, foundations may yield similar implications, for example, for methodological considerations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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